Gone are the days when offices were typically cubicle, surrounded by white walls and lit by white fluorescent lights. Thanks to corporate giants like Google and Pixar that have demonstrated tremendous success despite their unconventional workplaces, more people are embracing the idea that creative work environment helps stimulate minds and inspire innovation. From simply ditching the crisp white walls for graphical wallpapers to a total overhaul of the office layout, we are all trying to break the mold and introduce a unique working environment to the team, and hopefully inspire some genius ideas along the way.

 

So if you are trying to inject some personality into the place you spend your daily 9-5, how about getting some cue from the creative giants themselves?

Here some examples to follow:

 

  • Google (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Facebook (Palo Alto, California – USA)
  • Skype (Tallin, Estonia)
  • Digg (San Francisco, USA)
  • Twitter (San Francisco, USA)
  • Swatch (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • General Motors (Detroit, USA)
  • Red Bull (London, UK)
  • Pixar (Emeryville, California – USA)

 

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In today’s rapidly changing business environment everyone is looking for ways to become more effective in their thinking. An important way to promote effective thinking at the office, is to foster a creative work environment. Having fun is a big part of developing a creative work environment. In fact, humor makes up an essential part of effective thinking; and is the one basis of creativity. It allows us to break away from predictable, set patterns opening up the floodgates to unconventional, innovative solutions.

 

Here are 12 other suggestions on how you can invite creativity into your workplace:

 

  1. When presenting information, look for ways to add a graphic such as a funny picture or a drawing to illustrate your point.
  2. Leave fill-in-the-blank sections on your reports; ask for volunteers to complete your thoughts.
  3. Think in opposites: present from the back of the room, start the meeting from the end of the agenda, or give a series of answers and ask what the questions are.
  4. Call a daily recess; take time out to laugh.
  5. Take time just to doodle; see what happens.
  6. Stop time: take off your watch and turn the clock around. Go all weekend without wearing your watch.
  7. Experiment! Try doing something different.
  8. If your company will allow it, dress casually one day each week. If they don’t, change the rules!
  9. Use music. Try playing background music while holding a performance review.
  10. Wear a pair of kid’s funny glasses for a complete day. This will inspire you to see things in a new light and alter your perspective.
  11. Write all your memos using crayons.
  12. Design and wear your own thinking cap for a week.

 

Creativity is an attitude that demands that you manage your thinking. It’s a way of blending together data based research, which is logical and rational thought, with outrageous exploratory know-how that comes from your intuitive wisdom. When you integrate this intuitive ability with learned information and knowledge, you operate using all your resources which provides flashes of insight and recharges your thinking. Creative thinking has always been the driving force that has moved our country forward. To remain competitive, businesses must effectively use their most valuable resource: brainpower. Any organization that can harness the limitless potential of their people’s creativity is powerful and unstoppable.

 

By Grace McGartland

 

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We spend a lot of time where we work.  Think of the resources consumed, the waste produced, cleaning substances used, and the energy needed to run lights, produce heat and operate equipment. Sustainability at your workplace has multiple benefits — saving money, increasing the comfort and efficiency of the work space, boosting the personal well-being of employees, reducing environmental impacts, and meeting the social responsibility goals of the business.

Increasingly, workplaces are committing to making changes with the environment in mind.

Choosing to be a “green” workplace can take many forms.  In general, it is probably a good idea to start small and build from there.

Some basic steps can help gets things off to a good beginning:

  • At the outset, do an inventory or audit of current practices. This is useful in helping to set priorities and provides baseline information against which to measure progress.
  • Have a plan that identifies goals, priorities, resources needed, timelines, and evaluation or measurement tools.
  • Include workplace education and awareness so that employees understand the purpose, anticipated outcomes and benefits of the program.
  • Report back frequently through e-mail, newsletters, posters or other means, so that participants are kept informed about how things are going.

Small steps do make a difference!  Here are some examples of specific measures that some workplaces have implemented.

  • WASTE REDUCTION: Implement a recycling program for office paper. Start used-on-one-side paper banks in the office (being aware of confidentiality issues if materials contain private information). Print documents double-sided.
  • COMPOSTING: Start a composting system for lunch scraps or other food waste from your workplace.
  • ENERGY: Install energy-efficient fluorescent lights. These pay for themselves many times over through lower energy bills. Turn off lights and equipment when not in use. Consider installing programmable thermostats to reduce heating/air conditioning during non-business hours
  • TRANSPORTATION:  Promote sustainable commuting practices by contributing to bus passes for staff, organizing car-pools or awarding prizes to the greenest commuters. Register and participate in the annual Commuter Challenge.
  • AWARENESS:  Host a speaker to give a presentation on an environmental issue to staff and/or customers.
  • PROCUREMENT:  Use recycled paper. Purchase environmentally friendly cleaning products for your office

 

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Over the years, workplace design has evolved to become more and more flexible. Today, we see the workplace not only as a space in which to execute given tasks, but also as a place in which to interact, communicate and foster creativity. Different work environments call for a variety of different needs; and, one thing seems to be most consistent — design for flexibility.

These are some of the most popular qualities in the more success full work environment that we experience today:

·  more teaming and informal interaction spaces

·  more supports for virtual individual and group work

·  integrated features for learning in the everyday

·  flexibility in work locations

·  relaxing features to help reduce stress

·  bringing a sense of community to the work environmen

As you can see, today the workplace calls for a wide variety of working styles and business needs. Again, the secret is to design a workplace that is proactive –- where the workplace fosters the work.

Seemingly simple aspects of a space like personalization, control and flexibility all contribute to environments that encourage healthy productivity, efficiency and creativity — significant factors that lead to a better business culture and ability to meet more business needs.

 

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There is a growing need for practical ways to facilitate ergonomics improvements in small workplaces, given the constraints such as economic limitations, insufficient technical knowledge and lack of time and effort.

Key to these is to highlight good practices, emphasise feasible improvements to reduce work-related risks and also employ simple procedures by toolkits.

Much work has been conducted and has resulted in materials and participatory programmes focussing on various groups such as small enterprises, home workers, workers in construction sites and those involved in agriculture.

Evidence from research as well as success stories is drawn from applications of these participatory approaches, particularly in industrially developing countries in Asia and Africa. Thus, to facilitate ergonomics improvements in small-scale workplaces, it is recommended to provide support for building on local good practices, to focus on low-cost improvements by applying risk-reducing principles, and to facilitate participatory planning by means of locally adjusted toolkits.

 

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To make the best design decisions today, corporate interior designers must understand what the workplace and workforce will look like tomorrow.

 ·      People

Central to understanding what the future workplace will look like is knowing who will inhabit the spaces. Experts say one thing is certain: The workforce will be more diverse than ever, with multiple generations, cultures and ethnicities working side by side. The workforce will also be increasingly diverse in terms of not only old and young, but heavy/slim, sighted/not sighted and more people with disabilities

·      Technology

Ten years from now, modern devices will give way to more advanced technologies such as multilingual and sensory-recognition software that allows work to be conducted more efficiently — potentially meaning less people required to do a job. Interior designers will need to think about how these expanded technologies must be incorporated into the spaces they are designing.

·      Corporate Real Estate

For interior designers, it’s important to recognize where, physically, jobs will and won’t be in the future. How will corporate real-estate budgets be tightened? They are going to recognize that, all things being equal, the workplace of the future can be an additional way to set themselves apart from the competition — win that candidate’s heart and mind as opposed to losing that person to the competitive organization.

·      Collaboration

Experts predict collaboration to be a top business objective in the workplace of the future. In fact, according to OfficeTeam, a new type of business organization will emerge: the hybrid organization, interdisciplinary in nature and drawing talent from academia, science, business and government. It’s a business objective interior designers are poised to help meet.

·      Sustainability

The global demand for energy-efficient, sustainable buildings will continue full speed ahead in the future, fueled by high energy costs and government mandates. Eighty-four percent of corporate users and 77 percent of developers surveyed in National Real Estate Investor’s 2007 survey expect to own, manage or lease at least some green properties five years from now. Also fueling the demand will be end-users, especially younger generations.

 

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Urban architecture comprises buildings made for an urban setting, specifically for large or growing cities.

With nearly half of the world’s population currently living in urban cities, urban architecture has become a vital and thriving field of design. Special considerations of this area of design are concerned with the practicalities of city life, including high-capacity housing and workplaces, harmony of form and function, and, more recently, energy-efficient design.

High rise apartments and businesses are classic examples of urban design. In a rural or suburban setting there is no need to build a 20-story apartment complex that can house more than a thousand residents. Urban architecture provides the space and design principles to allow a lot of people to live and work in close proximity. Because of this, efficient use of space is a highly important factor in this kind of design.

One new form of urban architecture gaining popularity in some cities is the concept of multi-use buildings. In the age of telecommuting, these multi-functional buildings can provide both living space and private offices for those who work from home. Combining these types of buildings with ground-level commercial enterprises, such as boutiques, restaurants, and grocery stores, allows residents to live, work, and shop all in the same building. Multi-use buildings epitomize the efficiency of space, and the proximity of necessities can allow residents more down time from the fast-paced city life.

 

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The early days of planning development were devoid of job crisis yet an optimal approach was adopted in India so that Indian market can create new jobs at a reasonable rate. This allowed Indian economy to employ more work force and grow at an ever increasing rate.

A major factor which is responsible for the growing number of available job opportunities is the basic foundation of Indian employment philosophy. From day 1 the emphasis has been to limit technology and bring in skilled labor. This alone has kept Indian market rich at jobs.

The downturn in global economy is yet to affect India and it seems that India despite of global economic recession has been keeping well at producing job opportunities all over. The employment opportunities in India are still versatile and diverse and that is due to the uniform advancement in different sectors. Indian markets are abuzz with openings in financial sector and it is in turn promoting education in fields of commerce and banking. Furthermore the ideal environment, cheap and skilled labor and facilities provided, the Indian market is to witness a boom in near future involving investments from Middle East and European countries.

With all these plus points Indian market is safe and fertile for more opportunities. Keeping in view the recent trends and development it can be said with certainty that it is bound to attract outsourcing opportunities.

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Managers, architects, designers and others responsible are responsible for providing buildings, interiors and other facilities for work.

Here we examine some of the issues they face in specifying, providing and supporting offices in a rapidly changing business and technology environment:

Cabling:

The need to route power, telephone, and data cabling to every workstation puts a severe strain on the hidden ducting in buildings. Various techniques are employed to minimise rigidity and space loss, such as peripheral, ceiling or floor fed wiring, with wiring cabinets on each floor.

Furniture:

Technology also has an impact on the furniture. It has a role in distributing the wiring from the nearest point to the desks in the cluster and also provides noise attenuation, visual barriers and supports the safe working environment demanded by health and safety regulations.

Cellular or open plan:

Cellular offices allow for a high level of concentration and privacy. Open plan environments are more flexible in coping with changing demand, supporting better communications and team working, but can be more distracting to work in. Many organisations operate a mixed environment, with large, smart cellular offices for executives and open plan offices for everyone else.

Heat, light and sound:

The very best modern buildings incorporate zoned temperature and air quality control, natural lighting and good sound insulation.

Support:

In spite of the technology-enabled de-skilling of many office functions – e.g. document preparation, communications, information filing and retrieval, etc. – many office practices and roles remain much as they were before the advent of information and communications technologies.

 

 

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The changing need for office property is being influenced heavily by the universal adoption of information and communications technology.

New demands are:

  • the vast array of mains and signal cables needs to be managed
  • extra heat from the equipment needs to be controlled or removed
  • new health and safety risks include electrical hazards, sitting positions, eyestrain, lack of breaks and RSI (repetitive strain injury)
  • information security needs to be considered amongst other security needs
  • constantly changing businesses and processes demand flexible accommodation.

Older buildings (and older furniture) are increasingly difficult to use effectively, and costs of adaptation are being driven higher and higher. Organisations are seeking to escape from long leases on older buildings, either moving into newly built offices or entering into agreements to strip and refurbish, or in the extreme demolish and rebuild.

The combination of continuous change in technology, processes, working methods and the competitive environment make it virtually impossible for organisations to forecast their property needs a few years ahead, let alone over the 25 years of a typical business lease.

As a consequence there has been an increase in demand for modern, flexible space on short-term leases, fuelling the success of the business centre sector.

 

 

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